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Wheelock official apologizes for using others’ words

A top administrator at Wheelock College apologized to faculty, staff, and students Friday for a welcome letter she sent last month that incorporated passages written by others, including the president of Harvard University.

The apology came after the Globe wrote about the letter written by Shirley Malone Fenner, vice president for academic affairs at the Fenway school.

The e-mailed apology to the Wheelock community reiterated what Malone Fenner had said in a comment to the newspaper — that she used words from others’ welcoming messages “without attribution.”

“This is an action for which I am regretful. I apologize for my behavior, which was not reflective of what we expect from members of our academic community. I am also sorry for the negative attention this mistake has had for Wheelock,” she said in the e-mail, a copy of which was obtained by the Globe.


Malone Fenner’s missive last month contained at least six passages copied from a 2007 letter to Harvard faculty from president Drew Faust, as well as passages from letters written by the presidents of Rutgers University and the University of the Pacific in California.

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